Sailing Expedition to Antarctica on Bark Europa

Sailing Expedition to Antarctica on Bark Europa

A beautiful series by fine art Photographer Jan Erik Waider in a sailing expedition to Antarctica in Bark Europa capturing vast landscapes with towering mountains and volcanoes, endless glaciers and diverse and dramatic coastlines.

Even after a month’s distance, I am still not sure what really happened there: It was definitely one of the most surreal and beautiful experiences of my life, even if very exhausting on different levels. Antarctica is a place that you have to work for and where you can’t just sit in a regular airplane that flies you there in comfort. The trip with the sailing ship Bark Europa was definitely the right choice to also get a small taste of how the explorers must have felt, in search of the white continent or the end of the world.

The crew, as well as the other passengers, felt like a small family during this 24-day voyage from mid-December to early January of 2020. We started in Punta Arenas (Chile) through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, then passed Cape Horn and headed for the infamous Drake Passage towards the Antarctic Peninsula. Back we crossed the Drake again for about four days with course to Ushuaia, Argentina. I am infinitely grateful for this unique opportunity and all the wonderful memories I will live on for a long time to come and I will publish many more series from this trip. 

Punta Arenas, Chile → Straits of Magellan → Beagle Channel → Cape Horn → Drake Passage → South Shetland Islands → Antarctic Peninsula & Continental Antarctica → Drake Passage → Ushuaia, Argentina

The full series of photos are available here and it’s totally worth the view! All photos are copyright Jan Erik Waider.

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